Monday, August 11, 2014

Living The Dream

I'm very lucky that my street here in Melbourne has a lot of incredible street art. It really makes walking the dog a lot of fun, seeing what is new on the walls this week. They also conveniently make great backdrops for blog outfit photography! I thought this 'Living the Dream' piece by artist Camille Walala was the perfect backdrop for my super colourful almost Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat inspired outfit. The dress is a new buy from local Melbourne label Obus. I instagram'd a change room try on pic asking if I should indeed buy it and got an overwhelming response of HECK YES! So not one to disappoint the people (what did I just say?) I went ahead and bought it. I'm selfless like that, always thinking of others! Jokes aside I do love this dress, the Aguayo inspired print is just incredible.

Outfit details
Multicolour dream dress Obus Aguayo dress
Blue tights City Chic 80 denier opaque tights in cobalt
Heart bag Alpha 60 outlet store
Black flatforms Melissa shoes Style flatform
Black pom pom The Bright Young Things on Etsy
Rainbow bangle Architecture in Helsinki pop up store
Assorted rings

A rainbow dream!

This heart shaped bag is all kinds of ridiculous so of course I just had to have it. Will I ever learn to love basics? Never I say!

Heart bag Alpha 60 outlet store
Rainbow bangle Architecture in Helsinki pop up store

Dream!

Rainbow bangle Architecture in Helsinki pop up store
Rings from left to right | Red acrylic ring MOMA NYC | Pink gift bow ring Tokyo's Tokyo at Omohara Tokyu Plaza | Pink resin crown ring Keep Resin | Clear + pink print bunny ear ring Tokyo Design Festa

It's been incredibly windy in Melbourne of late so my hair was a little worse for wear in these photos after being blown around all day. But whatevs at least I'm semi smiling for once.

Glasses Bespecd Nara in Speckled Tortoise (I really want the pink next!)
Black pom pom The Bright Young Things on Etsy

Melissa Australia kindly sent me these Japanese Geta inspired flatform jelly shoes and they've fast become my favourite pair. I love me a good flatform but these are extra special because of that mash up of traditional Japanese footwear and the modern jelly shoe.

Black flatforms Melissa shoes Style flatform
Blue tights City Chic 80 denier opaque tights in cobalt

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Winter Layers

Winter in Melbourne is all about layering. It's a must in this city of four seasons in one day, so that's why we're always carrying around cardigans, rain coats and umbrella's as you just don't know what to expect. That's why I love this lightweight floral rain poncho by Tsumori Chisato I picked up whilst in Tokyo last month. It's not only cute and fun - it's practical too! You see it folds up into an easy pouch so you can slip it right into your bag to use when needed. I love it's fun colours and floral print though so I've just been wearing mine as much as possible (mixing prints is a bit of an obsession of mine), but as the weather warms up I can see myself popping it into my bag for those colder moments Melbourne is known for.

Outfit details
Floral rain poncho Tsumori Chisato
Check dress Gorman (now on sale!)
Red cropped jumper Target
Woolen tights H&M
Glitter Chelsea boots ASOS (currently on sale!)
Pom pom earrings The Bright Young Things on Etsy
Fabric chain necklace Mercibeaucoup 
Flower bangle Tsumori Chisato

I bought this cropped red jumper at Target on sale for $15 the other week when I was caught out in exactly one of those bitterly cold Melbourne moments and needed something fast as I'd forgotten my cardigan. Thankfully I found this and I think it works perfectly layered with this outfit. I think cropped style tops work really well on my body even though they're actually considered a plus size no-no. Obviously I don't listen to those out dated fashion rules and you shouldn't either! Stuff the rules, wear what you want and you'll look fabulous (like me haha).

What's this? Another Gorman dress? Why yes. Yes it is. You could say I have a slight addiction to the brand right now. But it's not my fault that they produce so many cute dresses now is it? Anyway I bought this dress the other week after waiting and waiting for it to go on sale but it just never did so I caved and bought it full price because I didn't want to miss out. That is until it went on sale today. So yes while I paid full price you can now get it on sale for $40 off. Lucky you! I'm just so in love with the dress that it doesn't matter too much that I missed out on getting it on sale.

Look how cute the cat ear shaped flaps are on the pockets of the rain poncho! Kawaii!

Floral rain poncho Tsumori Chisato
Fabric chain necklace Mercibeaucoup 

Henry bought me this fabric scrap chain link necklace by Mercibeaucoup for my birthday. That and all my other Tokyo purchases will be featured in a new Tokyo shopping haul video next week so look out for it.

Red cropped jumper Target
Fabric chain necklace Mercibeaucoup 
Flower bangle Tsumori Chisato
Rings from left to right Purple triangles ring AMBUSH | Pink resin ring Keep Resin | Clear + pink print ring Tokyo Design Festa Red acrylic ring MOMA NYC | Pink gift bow ring Tokyo's Tokyo at Omohara Tokyu Plaza 

This backpack is so practical I can't help but wear it daily.

Black backpack Op shop in Tasmania for 50 cents!

Yeah these boots again, when I get obsessed with something I just can't stop wearing it.

Glitter Chelsea boots ASOS

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Monday, July 7, 2014

A Day At The Museum

Do you do this thing where you buy something new, get obsessed with it for a week and wear it almost daily and then promptly forget about it for the next few months? That's the story of my life, I get obsessed with a new piece and wear it to death. That's why I've been wearing this new dress I picked up at Gorman's outlet store everywhere this week. I bought it to wear to an event at Melbourne Museum for their current Aztecs exhibition (a must see!) and then wore it out the next day with Henry to the NGV to see Paola Pivi's 'You started it..I finish it' exhibition. I'd been seeing the fluoro polar bears pop up on instagram and just had to check it out for myself and it didn't disappoint. The exhibition is the height of kawaii kitsch, the polar bears are each posed in adorable ways distinctive to their imagined personalities. I fell in love with all the pink ones (of course!)

Outfit Details
Splatter dress Gorman Surprise Outlet store on Bridge Road
Biker jacket Vintage from Vintage Sole
Badge Fashiondacci
Woolen tights H&M (the only thing I've bought from H&M thus far as I LOVE woolen tights and they're so hard to find in Australia.
Glitter Chelsea boots ASOS
Pom pom earrings The Bright Young Things on Etsy
Pink cat ears bangle Tsumori Chisato

I was so excited to find this dress and have it fit me. I actually tried it on a few times when it was originally out last summer but found that the ruffle section stuck out horizontally on me as if it didn't fit which led me to not buying it at the time. I have no idea what has happened between January and July but somehow the same dress in the same size actually fit me. I wasn't even going to try it on but it was so cheap I couldn't help myself. Who knows why it suddenly fit me as I'm pretty positive I haven't lost any weight.


RARRRR

I got a haircut and I LOVE it! I need to remember to maintain it at this length, I think it suits me much more than my usual longer style.

Cat eye glasses Bespecd Nara in Tortoiseshell (I want the pink too!)
Pom pom earrings The Bright Young Things on Etsy
Lipstick Shanghai Suzy
Haircut Miss Gertrude

At the Melbourne Museum Aztecs exhibition launch I Scream Nails were doing Aztec themed feature nails. I got mine painted over my usual shellac manicure - looks so cute!

Badge Fashiondacci
Pink cat ears bangle Tsumori Chisato
Rings from left to right Purple triangles ring AMBUSH | Pink resin ring Keep Resin | Clear + pink print ring Tokyo Design Festa | Red acrylic ring MOMA NYC | Pink gift bow ring Tokyo's Tokyo at Omohara Tokyu Plaza 

Tasmanian op shops are untapped gold mines of 90s realness for crazy cheap prices. Mini 90s backpacks like this go for crazy dollars up here in the big smoke but down in Tassie you can find yourself some crazy bargains!

Black backpack Op shop in Tasmania for 50 cents!

Everywhere I go these boots gets mad levels of compliments. They are pretty rad and were on sale which makes them even radder in my opinion!

Glitter Chelsea boots ASOS

Even with the school holidays crowd the Paola Pivi exhibition was breath taking.





Also checked out Kehei Nawa's 'PixCell-Red Deer' while we were at the NGV. It's mesmerising.

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Monday, June 23, 2014

UFO Catcher

This dress is another piece I allowed myself to buy just before I went away. Usually I ban all shopping before a big overseas trip in order to save money, but I really wanted to have some cool new threads to wear in Tokyo AND I was turning the big 3.0 so I thought heck I kinda deserve me some new shit. It may seem like all I ever have is new clothes, which I guess is true being a fashion blogger and all, but the truth of it is my wardrobe is actually very small and considered. People have been surprised by how small it actually is. I live by the rule one thing in means one thing out (which is why I'm always having garage sales) but I also prefer to spend more per piece to buy quality or interesting unique design over quantity. Being a size 16 or plus size does make this a little harder which also reduces how much I own because if half the shit I liked would fit my fat arse then I'd own it all and more often than not it doesn't so I don't buy anything for months at a time. That's why I love this custom made dress by recent UK fashion graduate Jade Clark. Made to my measurements to fit me I just love it and it really didn't cost much at all for a custom made piece at $120 including shipping!!! You need to follow Jade's instagram to see her latest designs that she can custom make for you, there's a few new things I have my eye on. 

Outfit details
Gingham dress Jade Clark custom piece via her instagram 
Rainbow plastic bag bag Vintage Comme des Garçons from Rag Tag Harajuku
Flower bangle Cats Tsumori Chisato
Cloud Socks Princess Highway
Pink clear jelly sandals Rubi Shoes
Cherry earrings Bubbles Mart Shibuya 109
Lipstick Limecrime Pink Velvet from Lady Petrova

Sad face because I didn't win the kawaii lamb plushie in the UFO catcher .·´¯`(>▂<)´¯`·.

Tokyo is the land of amazing clip-on earrings! Every cute jewellery store has a wall of regular earrings and then the same range in clip-ons which is unheard of here in Oz. Whilst my clothing wardrobe may be small my jewellery collection is out of control and has something like nine drawers devoted to it plus various wall hangings and hooks. And yes most of it is plastic! I generally prefer to buy and support local jewellery designers but in Tokyo I allow myself some cheap fun because well it is cheap and fun! The Cats Tsumori Chisato flower bangler was one of my 30th birthday pressies from Henry and I adore it. I'm thinking about doing another Tokyo Haul video like last year because I got so much good stuff on this trip!

Flower bangle Cats Tsumori Chisato
Cherry earrings Bubbles Mart Shibuya 109
Lipstick Limecrime Pink Velvet from Lady Petrova

Talking about good stuff I bought it Tokyo, how amazing is this vintage Comme des Garçons bag I bought at Rag Tag in Harajuku? I was really lucky to be the first of my friends to see it because everyone was mad jealous at my score.

Rainbow plastic bag bag Vintage Comme des Garçons from Rag Tag Harajuku
Cloud Socks Princess Highway
Pink clear jelly sandals Rubi Shoes


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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

White Out

I wore this outfit to go to the Tokyo Design Festa at Tokyo Big Sight in Odaiba. Tokyo Big Sight is kinda a futuristic place so I wanted to look kinda futuristic myself. I think I achieved this no? Or at least wearing head to toe white just seems very futuristic to me because obviously in the future stains are a thing of the past thanks to advanced fabric technology...or something. Anyway, I bought the skirt with the jumper arms just before I left for Tokyo from a local Melbourne label called Verner. Headed up by Ingird Verner who used to be the V in my favourite old Melbourne label TV (The T being Monica Tywanek) the new label brings that playful punch that I miss ever so much from TV. The kawaii laundry powder motif reminds me of the now iconic Simpsons episode where Homer finds his likeness the star of a Japanese dish washing powder commercial as 'Mr Sparkle', but maybe that's just me? I really like that the jumper arms are actually functional and the skirt can be worn both as a jumper or a skirt. It's that playful punch that I love in fashion.

Outfit details
Grind print top Monki Harajuku
Jumper arms skirt Verner
White sunglasses Tsumori Chisato from Pet Shop Girls
Pom pom earrings Bubbles Harajuku
Necklace Lactose Intoler-Art
Faux fur bangle Bubbles Harajuku
White backpack Spinns Harajuku
Silver Tabi socks Avantgarde Harajuku
White flatforms Jeffrey Campbell

I've been a long time fan and supporter of Brandon from Lactose Intoler-Art's work, first blogging his Japanese street style inspired drawings back in 2008. He's come a long way since then, moving to Tokyo himself, getting stockists of his jewellery and soon to be launched clothing range and collaborating with a Singapore based designer on a collection that walked the runway at Seoul fashion week!!! I actually will be blogging a home/studio visit I did with him whilst in Tokyo, plus a little video we filmed really soon (I promise Brandon!!!). I love this necklace he gave me so much and felt it was fitting to wear it to Tokyo Design Festa.

Necklace Lactose Intoler-Art

This backpack ended up being a total bust. I wore it one day with a pink dress and somehow the pink transferred onto the bag. I thought it must have been the dress so I replaced the bag for the same one and then sadly the same thing happened again - I wore it with a green dress and the bag turned green. The bag was only $20 and there was no point in trying to return or exchange it - often there are no return or exchange polices at stores in Japan, plus explaining it would've been a nightmare. So $40 down the drain and no bag to show for it. Oh well, it just goes to show you that buying cheap shit just ain't going to last you.

White backpack Spinns Harajuku

These silver tabi socks were bought on my last trip to Tokyo from Avantgarde in Harajuku. I don't wear them nearly enough, I do love myself some tabi socks.

Silver Tabi socks Avantgarde Harajuku
White flatforms Jeffrey Campbell

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